Tomorrow, if you see smoke south of town don't worry. Everything is under control.

The Randall County Fire Department and Amarillo Fire Department will be conducting a prescribed burn tomorrow, December 6th, in the south Amarillo area.

According to a press release:

The land belongs to Randall County, and is located along Loop 335 South between Washington Street and S. Osage Street.  The land is adjacent to the Randall County Fire Station 1, located at 1111 E. Loop 335 South.

The press release also states that approximately 80 acres have been prepped for the burn. The burn will take place "at some point during the day" depending on weather conditions.

The burn is being used to improve preparedness by first responders who will be fighting wildfires unique to our area. According to the release:

The burn is likely to produce a large plume of smoke just south of Amarillo city limits.  This class is being conducted in a joint effort to improve local preparedness by first responders in mitigating wild fires that are unique to our geographical area. Additionally, classes such as these are conducive in coordinating efforts by local agencies that are likely to work together in this type of incident. Locations for prescribed burns, such as this, are chosen through a plan that targets hazard areas in and around the City of Amarillo. Prescribed burns are done in a highly controlled environment, following safety protocols set forth by the Texas Department of Agriculture and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

So tomorrow, don't worry if you see a lot of smoke south of town. It is a prescribed burn that has been prepared for, and everything is under control.